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Glenroi ‘Ninja’ loses his wheels

NO MORE RIDING: A man who escaped police on a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle during multiple police pursuits has had the bike forfeited to the crown. FILE PHOTOA man nicknamed the Glenroi ‘Ninja’ after escaping police on a Kawasaki Ninja motorbike during multiple police pursuits has lost the motorbike for good.
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Craig Anthony Heere, 43, from Richards Placedid not appear in Orange Local Court on Mondaywhen Magistrate Terry Lucas granted a police application to forfeit the bike to the crown.

On November 11 Heere was sentenced to 150 hours of community service, disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined $6900 for 25 charges relating to offences committed on six occasions.

The charges included using an unregistered motor vehicle, using an uninsured motor vehicle, being an unlicensed driver who has never had a licence, displaying unauthorised number plates, unlawfully possess number plates, police pursuit –not stopping and drivingrecklessly.

About 10am on December 12, 2015 Heere was involved in a crash on Bathurst Road when he was riding closely behind a car and collided with the back of it when it slowed down to stop at a red traffic light.

On Monday, January 18 at 4.31pm Heere was involved in a police pursuit after he was seen riding on Bathurst Road and was followed by police down Allenby Road.

Despite being directed to stop, police said he turned down Icely Road and entered Memory Park and eventually lost the police.

About 2.10pm on February 13, highway patrol officers saw the motorbike travelling on Bathurst Road and turned to follow it but lost it in Glenroi Avenue.

He was involved in and escaped from another police pursuit through Summer Street, along McNamara Street, through the Canobolas Hotel car park and down Lords Place at 2.55pm on Sunday, March 13.

Police did not engage a pursuit when they again sited him at 4pm on March 15 at South Terrace, on Lone Pine Road and through Sire Neville Howse Place.

“At this time police established the positive identification of the rider as being Craig Anthony Heere dubbed the Glenroi Ninja due to the number of incidents police had with the unregistered Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle,” a police report stated.

At 4.45pm on Sunday, March 27 police spoke with Heere when they saw him loading groceries into the motorbike outside the Alpine Stores and an hour later he was arrested and the motorbike was confiscated at a park on Bathurst Road between the BP and Liberty petrol stations.

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Solicitor accused of intimidating witness

Solicitor Anderson Telford walks to the Mount Isa Magistrates Court to represent a client in an unrelated court matter. Photo: Samantha Walton.SOLICITOR Anderson Telford isaccused of intimidating a witness who was questioned by police following a large scale drug bust in Mount Isa earlier this year.
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Mr Telford is alleged to have called the witness a“dog”.

The maximum penalty for such a charge against Mr Telford is seven years imprisonment.

Mr Telford’sfirst court appearance as a defendant is scheduled for the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday, January 30.

Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts said that Mr Telford was a respected member of the law society and was entitled to be presumed innocent, unless the court of law found otherwise.

Mr Telford hadnotified the law society of the charge made against him, although was obliged to have done so.

“If he is convicted it is a matter of the Legal Services Commissioner to determine the course of action they take,” Mr Potts said.

The law society would wait for the finalisation of the court proceedings, and had a duty to ensure the public was protected.

Officer in charge of the Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe, said that accusations against Mr Telford related to Cairns and Mount Isa based operations North Caliper and Oscar Lake.

More than 20 people currently wait in the court system for drug related offences following a series of search warrants made in July.

A witness was speaking to investigating police when Mr Telford allegedly “intimidated the witness verbally” in the presence of police, the Detective Inspector said.

Police reviewed the circumstances and alleged it was a breach of section 119B of the Criminal Code.

On Monday the Organised Crime Investigation Unit officers issued Mr Telford with a summons to appear before the court.

Anderson Telford Lawyers referred requests for comment to Mr Telford’s solicitor Glen Cranny, of Gilshenan & Luton Legal Practice.

Mr Cranny seeks further instruction before determining whether to comment.

The official charge against Mr Telford is worded; “retaliation/intimidation against a juror, witness and family.”

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Small town’s green dream a step closer

Plans to make Newstead into a 100 per centrenewabletown have taken a step forward after the group received 23 expressions of interest from“energy solution providers.”
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Renewable Newstead hopes to turn the town green by creatingazero-emissionenergy supply.

They wanted something that was low-cost,reliable, safe and generated by local renewable energy.

Renewable Newstead community and engagement officerGenevieve Barlowsaid the conceptwas still in its earlystages.

However, the plancould involvedeploying rooftop solar panels on buildings around town, which could then share power communally or be tradedin the wider grid during peak periods.

The group had beenworking on a detailed business plan and had wanted to hear fromcompanies interested in pitchingin and helping createapost-fossil-fuel-Newstead.

The call for expressions of interest includedsolar power and storage suppliers,electricity retailers and financial service providers.

It also included investors “that are looking to invest in renewable energy assets for a combination of financial, social or environmental returns”.

The deadline for submissions was last Friday.

While it was too early to comment publicly on what was received, Ms Barlow said the group had heard from a diverse range of companies.

“It was a really worthwhile exercise to assess market enthusiasm about stepping in and doing something really different,” she said.

Ms Barlow said the submissions would help it refine ideas andahead of a tender process planned for the latter part of 2017.

Renewable Newstead’s committee wouldspend this Christmas and early January combing throughsubmissions before coming together to agree on useful ideas.

From there Renewable Newstead wouldpresent a strategy to the local community for feedback.

“We certainly won’t be going out to do any project without consulting the community. All along the way we’ve sought social license from the community…we see it as a social project, not an energy project,” Ms Barlow said.

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Come join Christmas on the Beach

Helping hands: Just some of the 100-plus volunteers who give up their Christmas Day to help others each and every year. Photo: Matt Attard
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EVERY year on Christmas Day, hundreds of thoughtful and selfless volunteers converge at the break wall park at Town Beach.

One of those is Caroline Dennis, who has not hesitated to lend a helping hand since moving to town two years ago.

“I came here with my family and some friends to start a church. There are a lot of great churches already in Port, so we decided to embrace that,” she said.

“I love volunteering because it’s an amazing opportunity to just serve and love on people. It’s so simple to do.”

You would be forgiven for declining to help on Christmas Day, the one day a year people get to themselves and their families.

However, Caroline describes the Christmas on the Beach event as a fantastic way to spend the day.

“This is only my second Christmas on the beach, but I absolutely loved being involved last year,” she said.

“This year myself, my family and some of our church family are coming back for more. It’s a fantastic community event and a great way to spend Christmas Day.”

She said the most rewarding aspect of volunteering on such a special day is helping the kids in the area.

“It’s so great to be with the kids and their families. It’s so rewarding to see people enjoying themselves, having fun and being connected with one another,” she said.

“I do remember last year I met a lady who was there with her little girl. They had emigrated from the UK and her husband was working on Christmas Day.

“She said they had no family in Australia, and she was so grateful to have people to share the day with.”

Caroline said the Port City Church deserve a big wrap for their hard work and efforts every year.

“I am blown away by their team, and Karen and Max Davies, who pull this whole thing together,” she said.

“Their heart to show love to our community in a practical way is incredible.”

And to anyone who may be on the fence about Christmas on the Beach?

“I would say that there are no limits on who this is for. If you are free on Christmas Day, you’re invited,” she said.

“If you would like a fantastic lunch, you’re invited. If you want to spend the day with others from our community, you’re invited.

“Christmas can sometimes be a tough time, but I believe that sharing the day with others is what we all need.

“The Christmas story all started with hope, love and peace. That’s what Christmas on the beach is all about.”

The Big Red Bus will be at Town Beach, near the skate park,from 7:30am until 9:30ambefore the Christmas on the Beach eventfrom 10.30am until 3pm.

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Selfless Caroline just one of many helpers

Helping hands: Just some of the 100-plus volunteers who give up their Christmas Day to help others each and every year. Photo: Matt Attard
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EVERY year on Christmas Day, hundreds of thoughtful and selfless volunteers converge at the break wall park at Town Beach.

One of those is Caroline Dennis, who has not hesitated to lend a helping hand since moving to town two years ago.

“I came here with my family and some friends to start a church. There are a lot of great churches already in Port, so we decided to embrace that,” she said.

“I love volunteering because it’s an amazing opportunity to just serve and love on people. It’s so simple to do.”

You would be forgiven for declining to help on Christmas Day, the one day a year people get to themselves and their families.

However, Caroline describes the Christmas on the Beach event as a fantastic way to spend the day.

“This is only my second Christmas on the beach, but I absolutely loved being involved last year,” she said.

“This year myself, my family and some of our church family are coming back for more. It’s a fantastic community event and a great way to spend Christmas Day.”

She said the most rewarding aspect of volunteering on such a special day is helping the kids in the area.

“It’s so great to be with the kids and their families. It’s so rewarding to see people enjoying themselves, having fun and being connected with one another,” she said.

“I do remember last year I met a lady who was there with her little girl. They had emigrated from the UK and her husband was working on Christmas Day.

“She said they had no family in Australia, and she was so grateful to have people to share the day with.”

Caroline said the Port City Church deserve a big wrap for their hard work and efforts every year.

“I am blown away by their team, and Karen and Max Davies, who pull this whole thing together,” she said.

“Their heart to show love to our community in a practical way is incredible.”

And to anyone who may be on the fence about Christmas on the Beach?

“I would say that there are no limits on who this is for. If you are free on Christmas Day, you’re invited,” she said.

“If you would like a fantastic lunch, you’re invited. If you want to spend the day with others from our community, you’re invited.

“Christmas can sometimes be a tough time, but I believe that sharing the day with others is what we all need.

“The Christmas story all started with hope, love and peace. That’s what Christmas on the beach is all about.”

The Big Red Bus will be at Town Beach, near the skate park,from 7:30am until 9:30ambefore the Christmas on the Beach eventfrom 10.30am until 3pm.

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